September 25th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll: It's the economy, more than ever

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll shows the economy is No. 1."]

(CNN) - In what could be a bad sign for John McCain, more voters than ever before this election cycle feel the economy is the most important issue to their vote - a subject on which Barack Obama has consistently held an advantage.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, nearly 6 in 10 registered voters now say the economy is more important than any other issue - a number that is almost a double digit jump from a similar poll taken in July. And it's nearly double the 35 percent of voters who thought the economy was the No. 1 issue in January.

Meanwhile, the issue John McCain is strongest on - Iraq - has steadily declined in importance among voters. In the latest poll only 10 percent of registered voters say it is most important, down from 25 percent who felt it was most important in July.

The poll was conducted September 19-21, entirely after the crisis on Wall Street unfolded. It surveyed 909 registered voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (1,184 Responses)
  1. Larry, CA

    Can you tell me since when Democrats became experts in economy. In American history Democrats have been the weakest in economy and they follow socialism where they want bail-out from Government. Rep. Barney Franks is good for nothing. He cannot even have a decent conversation to explain to American people how he wants to sell-out American people. It is a tragedy.Most experienced economists have said that it is a bad deal. Barack Obama has no experience at all because he has not been a mayor or a Governor or a CEO of any company. Imagine if Barack Obama was our president, it could be a disaster.

    September 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Jan

    McCain is working for the people with actions–not idiot lame duck words.I want someone looking out for my interests–not a scared rabbit afraid to take a risk (Obama)

    September 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. Tony/Columbia SC

    What Americans need to realize is that everything McCain is doing and has done for the past few months is all about strategic decisions to get the needed presidential vote. I am not saying it is a bad thing but shouldn’t it be that every decision he makes be for the American people and not the American vote?

    September 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Marty from PA

    McCain has completely lost any ounce of respect that I used to have for him. First he picks a truly frightening VP candidate for sheer political gain – to win at all costs. Then, he runs an increasingly negative campaign. Now he's turned America's worst nightmare into a political theatrics experiment. DESPICABLE.

    This man is unfit to be president, and to make matters worse, his second in command is even MORE unfit.

    September 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. The Truth Always Hurts and Offends Liberals

    McCain and Bush were the ones who wanted there to be legislation to make sure that Fannie and Freddie were doing the right thing and who kept that from happening but the Democrat controlled Congress. Those who should be held accountable are the Democrats starting with Barney Franks and Chris Dodd! EVEN CLINTON SAID IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE DEMOCRATS!!!!

    Look up the facts liberal/Democrats and put the blame where it really belongs.........WITH DEMOCRATS AND THE DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED CONGRESS. They are the ones holding up drilling in our country which makes us dependant on foreign oil and makes each gallon of gas so much more expensive...they are the ones who allowed Fannie and Freddie to make corrupt deals and to go under which is costing us taxpayers dearly! WAKE UP LIBERALS/DEMOCRATS AND PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT REALLY BELONGS....ON OTHER LIBERALS/DEMOCRATS!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. Josh

    It appears the only way that that last 44 or whatever percent is going to vote for Obama is if John McCain vanished off the face of the earth. Holy smokes people is an Obama presidency really that bad that you won't vote for him after all this? Wow America... just wow lol.

    September 25, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. Ron

    Ok, why can't they make the whole negotiation live on TV so we see who is deviating? They say one thing behind doors but claim the opposite outside. I am loosing my temper here, this thing is taking too long to resolve, this is big problem Americans, I don't know how yhou people can sleep tonight. I am feeling uneasy, please Americans, arise this is our country, not for dems or repubs

    September 25, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. Alexia

    I think the Republicans know they have a losing ticket. They're just trying to entertain us now...a comedy of errors.

    September 25, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. took

    Obama's "socialism" (as some mislabel it) certainly sounds much better for average americans than the rampant, uncontrolled capitalism encouraged by the laissez-faire Repubs. This all started with Reagan and de-reg, went throught he S & L crisis of 1987 and has come out now in the latest fiasco.

    As someone today said of W's speech last night, "he's just NOW figured out the economy is in trouble?!"


    September 25, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Barbara CA

    My bank was just seized by federal regulators and then sold to another company. I honestly need a President who is serious about America’s economic problems not a trickster. I will vote for Obama, how about you?

    One man, one vote.

    September 25, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  11. Lexie A.

    McCain has finally lost the last marble he had.

    September 25, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. VRW

    All I have to say is do your homework people before you vote!!! I have! McCain and Bush and the Savings and Loan crisis, Keating five, his voting record and the people that he has been involved with (and still involved with). He is not a maverick, he is a loose cannon and it's our life, money, jobs, etc.. that will be at risk!!

    September 25, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Brad

    McCain/Palin used to be laughable, now they're looking more and more dangerous.

    September 25, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  14. holly

    no way will i vote for mccain/palin, neither one knows enough to come in out of the rain!!!!! stupid, stupid, stupid

    September 25, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. DWAYNE


    September 25, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. Matt

    Istill don't think John McCain has a clue.


    September 25, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. Don

    Did you see Palin interview on CBS! "WOW"! McCain/Palin=Dukakis/Ferraro! What a joke on the American people and the world.

    Obama 08!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. patricia for Obama

    McCain is not qualified to lead on the economy AND Iraq.

    September 25, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Strong obama supporter

    McCain cowarded on the debate. Bush came to rescue him. Bush/McCain are plotting to cheat in the election. Everyone knows. Bush cheated in 2004, now his going to cheat for McCain while the plot to take millions in taxpayers money.

    My vote is for the Obama campaign for sure.

    Obama/Biden 2008-20016

    September 25, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  20. Chicago Nate

    all I have to say is 700 billion dollars. how much is the dollar really worth. It's a sad state when you have rappers that want to get paid in pounds and Euros. What does that say about USA. USA used to be a brand that you could count on. We here in America have nothing to sell and nothing of our own. We need jobs , we need corp. America to look out for America. More of the same I don't think so. Fault falls on everyone that put Bush in office.

    September 25, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  21. Alie

    Maybe McCain's trying to throw up a smoke screen for the gigantic blunder he made in picking Palin? Maybe he hopes the this mess will end up with the VP debates ultimately being cancelled. Shouldn't have picked Palin and shoulda dumped her while he could!

    September 25, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  22. ann

    i just hope america wakes up. i say why should the tax payer bail thre fat rich cats out. let them give up their big wages and the big fancy homes .
    we bail them out and they lose nothing ? say not .don't believe for one minute mcgain is for the people . only for the rich. don't be fooled by him. he lies threw his teeth. alot of our men were prisoners of war many have died and still are due to a senseless war. he will pull every trick in the book to win in nov. he won't debate obama he is afaid to . please wake up see what the republicans are trying to pull

    September 25, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  23. lucky

    I would like to express that fact that CNN do not cover Palin the way they did Obama with Obama and his church Palin and the church she attended before practice witchcraft and she had laying of hands
    on her for the witchcraft not to be on her this is really sad and I think that CNN needs to show it on their broadcast. This is very Bias to me.

    September 25, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  24. tom

    Rep. Senator Richard Shelby seems to have a good idea.
    He stated that economists think it is a bad idea to bail out Wall street.
    Is this another WMD situation that Bush is trying to ram through without due diligence on the American people.
    Does America want incompetent/irresponsible institutions to be bailed out so they can carry on with a clean late at the taxpayers' expense and still providing the same irrisponsible/incompetent actions that got them to this spot?
    Wouldn't it be better that stronger/smarter institutions absorb these failing institutions.
    Like Obama said if you do the same thing you've always done you'll always get what you've always gotten.

    September 25, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. Lance, AZ

    The bailout is merely another patch for an overstretched credit-based economy. Leaving the private sector to govern themselves is like letting the fox watch the hen house. The rich will prey on the poor. This bailout may work and it may not, however the finance world is not the root cause of this problem.

    The fact that Americans feel they need to borrow is a symptom of the true root cause, the disparity of incomes to cost of living. Barack Obama is the presidential candidate who seems to understand this. John McCain supports the globalization of your jobs and acts like it is nothing to retrain. He and Bush use distraction/scare tactics to win over the gullible, and the call to suspend the campaign is just that.

    We don't need another president who uses the Iraq war and other wars as an excuse to not improve the situation in their own country. We need a multi-tasker that has the ability to delegate and lead. Put America back to work. The jobless don't pay taxes and we have a whopper of a bill to pay.

    Obama '08

    September 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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